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16 Day Avalon Waterways River Cruise from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh 2024
Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River with Hanoi & Ha Long Bay (Southbound)Starting from $5,929
River Cruise DescriptionOn this inspiring Southeast Asia river cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia, you'll be immersed in the cultures and ancient traditions as you sightsee and spend time with locals in the most fascinating places along the mighty Mekong River.The best way to experience Vietnamese culture is with a tour of its fascinating capital of Hanoi. Go on a cyclo ride through the ancient streets of the Old Quarter and enjoy a water puppet performance. Travel through the peaceful countryside to Ha Long Bay, where you'll cruise by its breathtaking limestone islands. Next, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, see the phenomenal Temples of Angkor with an intricacy and architectural grandeur unmatched in the world. Enjoy an inspiring Aspara dance performance before embarking on your river cruise. Go on an ox cart ride amongst rice paddy fields and witness the daily lives of farmers. In the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, tour the National Museum and Royal Palace with its striking Silver Pagoda. On a hilltop at the site of the 8th-century temple of Wat Hanchey, take in the stunning views before walking through the rural village of Angkor Ban to visit with welcoming schoolchildren. Continue your cruise into Vietnam and visit a colorful market, the home of a local family making handcrafted sampans, and a workshop to learn how rice wine and traditional candies are made. This memorable Southeast Asia river cruise vacation ends in Ho Chi Minh City, where you'll see the famous landmarks and try your hand in the kitchen-Vietnamese-style, with a cooking class. On an excursion to the Cu Chi Tunnels, walk through a section of the immense underground tunnel system used during the Vietnam War.
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|Departure Date||Ship||Priced From|
|Jan 12, 2024||Avalon Saigon||$7,169||Call Us!|
|Jan 26, 2024||Avalon Saigon||$7,169||Call Us!|
|Feb 9, 2024||Avalon Saigon||$7,169||Call Us!|
|Feb 23, 2024||Avalon Saigon||$6,959||Call Us!|
|Mar 8, 2024||Avalon Saigon||$6,959||Call Us!|
|Mar 22, 2024||Avalon Saigon||$6,699||Call Us!|
|Aug 9, 2024||Avalon Saigon||$5,929||Call Us!|
|Aug 23, 2024||Avalon Saigon||$6,539||Call Us!|
|Sep 6, 2024||Avalon Saigon||$6,799||Call Us!|
|Sep 20, 2024||Avalon Saigon||$7,009||Call Us!|
|Oct 4, 2024||Avalon Saigon||$7,019||Call Us!|
|Oct 18, 2024||Avalon Saigon||$8,019||Call Us!|
|Nov 1, 2024||Avalon Saigon||$8,169||Call Us!|
|Nov 15, 2024||Avalon Saigon||Waitlist||Call Us!|
|Nov 29, 2024||Avalon Saigon||$7,169||Call Us!|
Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are 3 types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
- Plus independent exploration options and use of Avalon's exclusive AvalonGO APP.
River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 HANOI, VIETNAMWelcome to Vietnam!
Day 2 HANOIThis morning, your Guided Sightseeing takes a look at the life of Ho Chi Minh, the father of modern Vietnam. First, visit the mausoleum and the humble cottage from which “Uncle Ho” ruled Vietnam until his death in 1969. Next on the agenda: One Pillar Pagoda, the Presidential Palace, and the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.” Also visit the ancient Temple of Literature, over 900 years old and Hanoi’s first university. Lunch is at Koto, a non-profit restaurant and hospitality program that teaches local street children restaurant skills for more stable employment opportunities. After lunch, enjoy an electric-cart ride through the fascinating Old Quarter, with 36 ancient streets where merchants trade as they have for centuries. An early dinner this evening is followed by a fascinating performance of Hanoi’s renowned water puppets, a traditional art form dating back to the 11th century.
Day 3 HANOI–HA LONG BAYTravel from Hanoi through the fertile countryside to Hon Gai, gateway to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, the bay is dotted with more than 3,000 limestone islands carved into fanciful shapes by the action of the water. Tunnels, caves, and weirdly shaped outcroppings with imaginative names can be found on many of the small islets sprinkled across the bay. Board a Cruise Excursion to explore the caves, and admire the beauty and scale before stopping at one of the many secluded bays.
Day 4 HA LONG BAY–HANOI–SIEM REAPThis morning, drive to Hanoi and board your flight for Siem Reap.
Day 5 SIEM REAP
Day 6 SIEM REAP
Day 7 PHNOM PENH (EMBARKATION)Your Intimate Suite Ship® Awaits! Fly to Phnom Penh and transfer to port where your ship’s crew will be waiting to welcome you on board. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before your welcome reception this evening.
Day 8 WAT HANCHEY–ANGKOR BAN
Day 9 KAMPONG TRALACH–KONPONG LOUANG
Day 10 PHNOM PENH
Day 11 BORDER CROSSING–CHAU DOC, VIETNAMGood Morning, Vietnam!
Day 12 LONG KHANH A–CU LAO GIENG
Day 13 VINH LONG
Day 14 HO CHI MINH CITY (DISEMBARKATION)
Day 15 HO CHI MINH CITY. EXCURSION TO CU CHI TUNNELS
Day 16 HO CHI MINH CITYYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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